Assassin’s Creed: The Ezio Collection is available now for the PS4 and Xbox One and we are currently in the process of reviewing it. While the game does have its fair share of technical issues and bugs, that might frustrate the users, there is no doubt that the visuals have been upgraded resulting in a game that looks like a big upgrade over the original Assassin’s Creed 2.
Assassin’s Creed: The Ezio Collection features the original Assassin’s Creed 2 along with its sequels that focused on the story of Ezio Auditore. The trilogy of games that is included in this collection features Assassin’s Creed 2, Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood and Assassin’s Creed: Revelations. The biggest visual upgrade is for Assassin’s Creed 2 while other games don’t appear to be quite big of a leap, but still look decent.
The first and biggest upgrade is for the character models, but as we saw earlier in an article by Polygon, some of the NPCs appear to have been over-designed in a way that results in a completely goofy appearance, unlike the original game. This doesn’t appear to be the case for the majority of the game though, as the other character models are well done and can be considered a ‘noticeable’ leap over the original game.
The rest of the visuals have also been completely overhauled. The Lighting system has changed and now it fits well with the upgraded visual style. The original game lacked colors and had a distinct gray and brown style with orange bloom, which has been mitigated to some extent in the new remaster. In addition to this, the textures have been upgraded while the draw distance and post processing effects have all been improved as seen in the screenshots below.
There are a lot more comparison screens in the gallery below, feel free to check them out. They all highlight the improvements featured in this new collection.
It is clear from playing the original Assassin’s Creed 2 on the Xbox 360 that the game has aged badly. The visuals that managed to impress in the past look drab and without any color, so the remaster is a worthy upgrade in this sense. But it is unfortunate that Ubisoft weren’t able to polish all of its aspects before they released this collection for the current generation consoles.
Assassin’s Creed: The Ezio Collection is available now for the PS4 and Xbox One.